A Brief History of Helen of Troy Mark Schultz’s play about a teenage girl’s quest for beauty. 9/23-10/30, Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn, 866-811-4111, $20-$22.

An Evening with Sutton Foster The actress performs Broadway hits to inaugurate the new Broadway Playhouse.  9/23-9/26, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, 800-775-2000, $55-$60.

Obscura: A Voyeuristic Love Story In a closely monitored apartment building, a man invents a story to win his neighbor’s heart.  9/23-10/23, Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont, 847-738-6919, $15-$25.

The Trip Four longtime friends go on a road trip.  9/23-11/14, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955, $15-$30.

Wiggerlover James Anthony Zoccoli recalls growing up as a white kid with a black stepfather. 9/23-10/2, Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-475-1875, $20.


Disgrace Blank Line Collective presents the Chicago premiere of this John O’Keefe play about three women fallen from grace.  9/24-10/16, Lacuna Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport, 773-325-2119, $10.

7 Sexy Sins Tour The Flaming Dames burlesque troupe bring the seven deadly sins to life. 9/24-10/30, various venues, 773-771-8932,, $15.


Company Griffin Theatre Company presents the musical about a bachelor whose friends are all getting married. 9/25-11/14, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $22-$32.

A Delicate Balance Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play about hell in suburbia. 9/25-10/24, Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529, $15-$30.

The Franklin Expedition Live music, movement, and clowning help tell the story of artic explorer Sir John Franklin. 9/25-10/30, the Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter, 312-491-1369, $15-$25.

Seven Snakes An apocalyptic western set 30 years in the future, presented by the Chicago Mammals. 9/25-11/6, Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, 866-593-4614, $20.

Splatter Theater The Annoyance’s 23rd annual performance of their gore-filled horror movie parody. 9/25-10/30, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, $15.


The Spirit Play The Strange Tree Group explores the turn-of-the-century American fascination with ghosts. Part of the Studio Theater Incubator Series.  7:30 PM, Studio Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $5 suggested donation.


The Lion King A limited return engagment of the Disney hit.  9/29-11/27, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-977-1710, from $25.


Ghostbox InFusion Theatre Company presents Randall Colburn’s video-infused supernatural thriller.  9/30-10/31, Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, $20.



At Home at the Zoo See Best Bet.  10/1-10/31, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $20-$50.

Doo Lister’s Blues A revised version of Terry Abrahamson’s story about the creative evolution of a black barber/songwriter in 1960s Chicago.  10/1-11/21, National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway, 773-327-7077, $25-$30.

Dracula: A Tragedy Mark Mason’s adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic.   10/1-10/31, Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529, $15.

Kill the Old, Torture Their Young A lauded documentary filmmaker returns to his hometown to make a film about it.  10/1-11/7, Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn, 866-811-4111, $22.

Leaves of Grass Selections from Walt Whitman’s masterpiece, chanted by a nude chorus.   7:30 and 10 PM, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $10-$15.

The Merchants of Bollywood The hit musical about a family of prominent Indian filmmakers and choreographers makes its North American debut.   10/1-10/2, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 800-982-2787, $47-$77.


Burlesque Goes Hollywood Presented by High Voltage Burlesque.  10/2, Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central., Wilmette, 847-251-7424, $15-$18, 21+.

Empire (Art & Politics) See Superamas Best Bet.  10/2-10/3, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $10-$28.

Salem! The Musical A campy retelling of the witch hunts.   10/2-11/13, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, $15.


I Do! I Do! Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s musical follows a couple’s relationship over 50 years.  10/3-11/14, Light Opera Works Second Stage, 1420 Maple, Evanston, 847-869-6300, $13.50-$42.


1985 Da Bears take on new meaning in an Orwellian Chicago. Presented by Factory Theater.  10/5-11/7, Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $10-$25.


El Gallo: Opera for Actors This experimental work by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes features a score by British composer Paul Barker. Performed live by Chicago’s Maverick Ensemble.  10/6-10/10, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $10-$28.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story First Folio Theatre re-creates Poe’s macabre tales and explores their inspiration in historic Mayslake Hall.  10/6-11/7, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st, Oak Brook, 630-986-8067, $20-$35.

Scorched Silk Road Theatre Project presents Wajdi Mouawad’s story of a brother and sister who return to Lebanon to search for their long-lost father and brother.   10/6-11/7, Pierce Hall, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, 312-857-1234, $24-$34.

Too Much Memory Sinnerman Ensemble performs a contemporary version of Antigone.   10/6-11/13, Side Project Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis, 773-728-3361, $15-$20.

What’s to Fear? A one-act musical comedy by Time of Your Life Players.   10/6-11/6, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, $15.


Bash Three short plays by Neil LaBute explore the dark secrets of ordinary people. Performed by Brikenbrak Theatre Project.  10/7-10/31, Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western, 773-296-6024, $15.

Dracula Oak Park Festival Theatre presents storyteller Megan Wells’s annual narration of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  10/7-10/22, Pleasant Home, 217 Home, Oak Park, 708-445-4440, $15-$20.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Moises Kaufman’s play about the famous wit’s sodomy trials. Black Elephant Theatre’s inaugural production.  10/7-11/14, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark,, $15-$22.

McMeekin Finds Out The Route 66 Theatre Company premieres Scott T. Barsotti’s new comedy about a dysfunctional family living in Pittsburgh.  10/7-11/14, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $25-$35.

Musical of the Living Dead The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents a parody of classic zombie films.  10/7-10/31, Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton,, $20-$35.

The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular An actor’s career hits rock bottom when his network forces him to host a lame Halloween special. Presented by Hell in a Handbag Productions.   10/7-11/6, Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, 312-409-4357, $10-$17.

State of the Union This 1946 political comedy follows a fictional presidential candidate and his wife under the media microscope.  10/7-11/13, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-528-9889, $15.


Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque Mario and Luigi pursue Princess Peach.   10/8-10/30, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, $15, 18+.

Les Six and Pearl Pistol Performance by six Chicago burlesque artists.  10/8-10/10, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $10.

2nd Story Seredipity Theatre Collective’s performance event featuring storytelling, wine, and music.   10/8-10/17, Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-475-1875, ext. 2, $TBA.


Blood Wedding Lorca’s tale of a bride who runs away with the son of an enemy family.   10/9-11/20, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980.

Hip Hop-era! Conductor Francesco Milioto and the New Millennium Orchestra explore the intersection between popular music and classical opera in this Harris Theatre Family Series performance.   2 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, $10.

Michelle L’Amour’s Big Sexy Show A burlesque performance featuring vaudeville, acrobatics, and illusions in addition to sexy dance numbers.   8 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, 773-381-4554, $15, 21+.

Rachel Corn and the Mystery of Cabin 13 Corn Productions’ mystery series for kids takes a ghostly turn.   10/9-12/4, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, $5-$10.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The Tennessee Williams classic.  10/12-12/19, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177, $20-$40.

Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams’s play about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who courts the daughter of a wealthy and corrupt politician.   10/12-11/28, Artistic Home Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, 866-811-4111, $15-$28.

To Kill a Mockingbird Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents an adaptation of the novel.  10/12-11/12, Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, $20.


Madame Barker’s Halloween Variety Show Madame Barker (Molly Brennan) hosts her own funeral, complete with magicians, clowns, sideshows, and burlesque dancers.  10/13-11/3, Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $15-$20.

Proof Chicago Fusion Theatre performs David Auburn’s play about a daughter’s struggle to deal with the legacy of her math genius father.  10/13-11/14, Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, 312-988-9000, $15-$25.


Me Too, I Am Catherine Deneuve A family drama occurs when each member suffers an identity crisis.  10/14-11/20, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-384-0494, $20.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers A bride tries to tame her new husband’s brothers in this musical.  10/14-12/19, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111, $31-$45.

Shakespeare’s Roses A restless, middle-aged Shakespeare reflects on his life in this one-act by Dan Decker.   10/14-10/30, 3C Gallery, 2955 W. Lyndale, 312-391-8740, $10-$15.


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Lifeline Theatre Kidseries’ musical adaptation of the children’s book.  10/16-12/5, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, 773-761-4477, $12.

The Flowers Adam Bock’s play about a star-crossed gay couple, premiering as About Face Theatre’s XYZ Festival headliner.  10/16-11/7, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 866-811-4111, $20.

The Other Cinderella The familiar fairy tale gets an Afrocentric twist.  10/16-12/31, Black Ensemble Theatre, 4520 N. Beacon, 773-769-4451, $40-$45.

The Seagull The Chekhov classic, directed by Robert Falls.  10/16-11/14, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $10-$45.

Three Sisters Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the Chekhov play.  10/16-11/21, Piven Theatre Workshop, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-866-8049, $15-$25.

26 Miles A mother and daughter take a cross-country road trip in this coproduction by Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theater Ensemble.  10/16-11/21, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, 312-666-4659, $25.


Carpenters Halloween The Scooty & JoJo Show presents annual run of their campy musical tribute to John Carpenter’s slasher flick. 10/20-10/31, Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, 800-838-3006, $15-$25.

Peter Pan Amanda Dehnert directs her adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s coming-of-age classic for Lookingglass Theatre Company.  10/20-12/12, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, $20-$62.


K. The Hypocrites perform an adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial, written and directed by Greg Allen. 10/21-11/28. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-278-1500, $TBA.


Cash on Delivery The Saint Sebastian Players present a comedy about swindling the government.  10/22-11/14, Saint Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey, 773-404-7922, $7-$15.

Choose Thine Own Adventure Filament Theatre Ensemble member Allison Powell draws on Shakespeare and audience input to create an all-new play.   10/22-12/11, Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport,, $TBA.

The Four of Us Professional jealousy threatens a longtime friendship.  10/22-12/4, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-975-8150, $15-$30.


Love Letters

Chicago City Creatives present A.R. Gurney’s epistolary play.  7 PM, 3C Gallery, 2955 W. Lyndale, 312-391-8740, $15-$20.


Strangerland Performed by the Sideshow Theatre Company as part of the Studio Theater Incubator Series.  7:30 PM, Studio Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $5 suggested donation.


Dream of a Common Language Prologue Theatre performs Heather McDonald’s play about the women barred from the planning of the first impressionist exhibition.   10/26-11/18, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $15-$20.

Traces Seven performers use acrobatics to tell their life stories.  10/26-12/19, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, 800-775-2000, $50-$71.50.


The Sixth Annual First Look Repertory of New Work Three productions accompanied by a series of readings, lectures, and events around the development of new work.  10/27-11/14, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650,, $20.

To Master the Art Julia and Paul Child go to Paris in the 1950s.  10/27-12/19, TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington, 773-281-8463, $15-$35.


And a Child Shall Lead Adventure Stage Chicago presents a Holocaust drama for children.  10/28-12/9, Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, 773-342-4141, $12-$17.

Departure Lounge Marooned in an airport, new high school grads review their lives. Bailiwick Chicago stages Dougal Irvine’s musical.  10/28-12/5, Royal George Cabaret Theater, 1641 N. Halsted, 312-988-9000,, $25-$38.

Devilish Children and the Civilizing Process See Best Bet.  10/28-11/21, Dream Theatre, 56 W. 18th, 773-552-8616, $15-$18.

The War Plays The Strange Tree Group presents an exploration of what it means to fall in love when the world is falling apart.  10/28-11/21, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 973-885-1493, $TBA.



Kid Sister Will Kern’s “dime novel in two acts.”  11/2-12/19, Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815, $25-$35.


The Hundred Dresses Chicago Children’s Theatre’s musical about a young girl who struggles to fit in.  11/3-12/2, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie, Skokie, 847-673-6300,, $26-$36.


Comme Toujours Here I Stand A metatheatrical play about adapting the French New Wave classic Cleo From 5 to 7.  11/4, 11/6, 11/7, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $10-$28.

Halfshut Actor, character, and audience blur in this look at life as a twentysomething.  11/4-12/4, Right Brain Project, 4001 N. Ravenswood, 773-750-2033, $15.

The Piano Teacher Lisa Portes directs Julia Cho’s play about a sweet old lady who unearths a dark past.  11/4-12/5, Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-475-1875 ext. 2, $TBA.


Kennedy’s Children Promethean Theatre’s show about people shaped by John Kennedy’s assassination.  11/5-12/5, City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-305-2897, $20.

Perel, Romero, and Granite Three performance artists challenge gender norms.  11/5-11/7, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $10-$15.


Aftermath A musical look at the rise and fall of the Rolling Stones’s Brian Jones.  10/6-10/21, Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Bernice, 773-347-1350, $20.


Miracle on 34th Street Porchlight Music Theatre performs an adaptation of the classic film.  11/19-1/2, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $40.

Travels With My Aunt Mr. Pulling takes a trip in this Writers’ Theatre show.  11/9-3/27, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon, Glencoe, 847-242-6000, $45-$65.


Calisthenics for Shrapnel Artists and audiences “work out” issues of race, class, and gender in a series of poetry slams.  11/11-1/8, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $10-$15.

A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration A fugitive slave crosses paths with Mary Todd Lincoln.  11/11-12/19, Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie, Skokie, 847-673-6300, $20-$55.

Float This entry in About Face Theater’s XYZ Festival focuses on the bonds between six women in a small midwestern town.  11/11-12/12, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-784-8565, $12.50-$20.

Home The story of a South Carolina farmer’s struggles during the 1960s and ’70s.  11/11-12/12, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472, $32-$56.

The Nutcracker This House Theatre of Chicago version features a score by Kevin O’Donnell.  11/11-12/26, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-251-2195, $TBA.


Brainpeople A chiller by Jose Rivera.  11/12-12/12, Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division, 708-370-3138, $TBA.

The Illiad Adapted by Craig Wright for the the A Red Orchid Youth Ensemble.  11/12-12/19, A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells, 312-943-8722, $15-$30.

Robin Hood: A Holiday Panto Piccolo Theatre’s family-oriented panto takes the original Robin Hood story and runs with it.   11/12-11/14, Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-424-0089, $10-$25.


Boojum! Nonsense, Truth, and Lewis Carroll Caffeine Theatre and Chicago Opera Vanguard collaborate in the U.S. premiere of this hit Australian musical.  11/16-12/19, Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $15-$25.

The Weaver’s Tale: Of the Fearless Boy and the Loveless Girl Fifth House Ensemble’s multimedia version of a fairy tale.  7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 224-715-6455,


Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune A short-order cook falls in love with a waitress in this play by Terrence McNally.   11/18-12/31, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, $15-$25.

The Wizard of Oz Kid-friendly production by Emerald City Theatre.  11/18-1/2, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, $13-$16.


A Christmas Carol The holiday classic.  11/19-12/31, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $25-$76.


Berwyn Avenue Cynthia Von Orthal’s puppet show for grown-ups about two families “bowling, boozing,” and barbecuing in 1971 Chicago.  11/20-12/19, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-878-8337, $15-$20.


Sanders Family Christmas This sequel to the downhome musical Smoke on the Mountain is set on a Christmas Eve during World War II.  11/23-12/24, Provision Theater Company, 1001 W. Roosevelt, 773-506-4429, $15-$28.


The Importance of Being Earnest Remy Bumppo Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde’s comedy.  11/24-1/9, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, $35-$75.


It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play Frank Capra’s classic film reimagined as an old-time radio show.  11/26-12/26, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, 773-409-4125, $10-$50.


The Last Night of Ballyhoo Project 891 Theatre Company presents Alfred Uhry’s comic drama.  11/27-12/19, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan,, $15.


Muerte del Maestro Ambitious matadors clash in Joshua Mikel’s play, staged by Tympanic Theatre Company.  11/28-12/22, the Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis, 773-442-2882, $12-$15.

Listings compiled by Robin Peterson and Tony Adler

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